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Madurai Kamaraj University teacher Selwyn Jenefa stabbed 13 times by guest lecturer on campus

A 45-year-old woman teacher from Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) in Tamil Nadu suffered multiple injuries after she was allegedly stabbed by a former guest lecturer on the university campus on Tuesday, media reports have said. The victim, Dr Selwyn Jenefa, is said to be in critical condition.

Jenefa, associate professor and head of department for Journalism and Science Communication at MKU, was reportedly stabbed 13 times by one Jothimurugan, a former guest lecturer whose contract was terminated last year.

As per a report in DNA, Jothimurugan was handling practical sessions for students as a guest lecturer last year, but due to several complaints, Jenefa didn't renew his contract.

 Madurai Kamaraj University teacher Selwyn Jenefa stabbed 13 times by guest lecturer on campus

Selwyn Jenefa, associate professor at Madurai Kamaraj University. Image courtesy: Facebook@Jenefa Selwyn

According to the police, Jothimurugan was upset and miffed about Jenefa's refusal to recommend his name for an extension for 2017. He also allegedly tried to bribe Jenefa.

But when these efforts didn't bear fruit, on Tuesday morning, around 10.30 am, when Jenefa was walking towards the university's main office, Jothimurugan intercepted her. An argument escalated between the two, following which he stabbed her multiple times with a knife.

Jothimurugan was then beaten up by the students who rushed to Jenefa's rescue upon hearing her screams, according to The Hindu. The report said Jothimurugan was handed over to the police.

The university staff immediately rushed Jenefa to a nearby hospital in Nagamalai Pudukottai for treatment. She was later taken to a multi-specialty hospital in Madurai.

The Nagamalai Pudukottai police has launched a preliminary investigation to probe the matter. A police officer was quoted by NDTV as saying, "She (Jenefa) suffered cut injuries in 13 places. She is safe. We are investigating. We have not yet spoken to her and hence we are unable to confirm anything."

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Updated Date: Sep 26, 2017 18:13:20 IST

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